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Health care providers such as doctors, pharmacists and nurses usually work to a very high ‘standard of care’ for their patients. As professionals, they have specific qualifications and a level of experience and knowledge that is higher than the average person. Medical malpractice, or negligence occurs when the level of advice on treatment provided drops below this standard of care and results in harm or injury to the patient.
Some examples of potential medical and hospital malpractice claims are situations where the health care provider
- does not gain consent from the patient for a procedure;
- takes lack of care during a surgery;
- prescribes the wrong medication;
- makes a late or wrong diagnosis; or
- ignores patient concerns about a health issue.
However, medicine is not an exact science and health care providers are often faced with making decisions amid mounting complications and time constraints. They are not expected to be perfect—even when making a mistake that may result in the loss of life or permanent injury to the patient.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Medical malpractice claims have the potential to be highly complicated, expensive and ponderous efforts. In most cases expert witnesses have to be sourced, retained and consulted to understand what constitutes the reasonable standard of care in your specific case. Experts are also used in complex claims to determine damages involving cost of future care or economic loss.
Hobbs Giroday lawyers have successfully represented clients who have sustained injury as a result of substandard treatment in a variety of cases, from birth injuries and misdiagnosis to prescription errors.
Our knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers in Vancouver will be your strongest advocates. We will promptly evaluate your case, determining the duty of care and resulting damages, as well as assessing the risks of pursuing the claim. We will diligently build a persuasive case through exhaustive review of medical records and seeking expert opinions. Above all, we are dedicated to helping you realize the maximum compensation possible.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury as a result of substandard health care that you received in Vancouver, BC or Yukon, our medical and hospital malpractice lawyers can help. Be aware there are time limitations surrounding medical malpractice lawsuits— contact us for a no-obligation meeting about your negligence claim today.